Ylka and Thomas are having their house renovated. Two renovators have been at work for months, but the plans keep changing. The renovation becomes a metaphor for all the futile tinkering on a marriage that doesn’t work. De verbouwing is a sublime blend of humour and sorrow.
De Schpountz is a farce in which misunderstandings between a conceited young artist and a hardworking shopkeeper are settled amid the sausages and the Roquefort cheese. A piece of genuine, captivating folk theatre.
The diptych Manon and Jean van Florette tells the story of an urbanite who takes up residence in a village in le Midi. This ‘alien’ is not really welcome. Comp. Marius performs with a minimal set and a maximum of imagination, in the open air and by daylight.
In CRY, TROJANS! (Troilus & Cressida), The Wooster Group takes a decidedly American approach to the Trojan side of Shakespeare’s dark and scabrous Trojan War play. A vexing tale of sincere love corrupted and the downfall of a noble hero.
Financial activist Brett Scott calls on people to explore the financial system, jam it and build alternatives so we have an answer ready when the next financial crisis hits. This is a lecture in the Bank2Basics series powered by FairFin.
How many lies, chance encounters and mishaps have actually determined history as we know it? In his new creation, Jan Lauwers travels through history by way of the family trees of all Needcompany’s members. The Blind Poet is about strong women who throw stones and end up on the stake. About a crusader whose suit of armour is too small.
The bas-relief Les passions humaines by the sculptor Jef Lambeaux (1852-1908) created a commotion in royal circles and the church authorities who described it as ‘blasphemous’ and ‘pornographic’. Guy Cassiers uses the work of art as the main character in a Belgian docudrama with a bilingual cast and a text by Erwin Mortier.
The last of three NightShops organised by the UCL. The moderator is once again Béatrice Delvaux, the editor of Le Soir. This edition's guests are film director Thierry Michel, journalist Colette Braeckman, researcher Valérie Rosoux (UCL) and photographer Mélanie Wenger.
It is war. Always war. It's war in the cells. This intimate war is everywhere. At micro and macro levels, and without limitation in time or space. If we are surrounded by an incessant battlefield, of which war is the theatre the setting? Tristero and Transquinquennal are expecting you. With an open mind!
An older man and a young woman have drawn up and signed a contract. The man receives the young woman in his house. She will remain here, says the contract, ‘until what must happen has happened’. In this performance the writer and director Peter Verhelst pays tribute to the recently deceased French director Alain Resnais.
PERFORMATIK 2015 - With their ritual, circular movements dancing dervishes (Sufi Muslims) attempt to reach a state of religious transcendence. For A Possibility of an Abstraction: Square Dance Germaine Kruip asked the dervishes to break through the circle and introduce square patterns into the dance ritual.
PERFORMATIK 2015 - Art and literature were frequently partners in crime, especially in the avant-garde movements, but they now seem to have gone their separate ways. Is there still some common ground? Gilles Collard (Pylône) discusses this with curator Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Galleries Londen and author of The Interview Project) and Donatien Grau (Oxford University and author of The Age of Creation).
PERFORMATIK 2015 - Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director of Serpentine Galleries London and internationally renowned curator, will talk to arts critic Piter T'Jonck about his experience with curating live art.
PERFORMATIK 2015 - In his new production Xavier Le Roy creates three situations that make the relationship between the audience and actors less straightforward. The three parts – a lecture, a performance and a concert – are controlled by the loss of a protagonist. The actors and spectators mourn together and this leads to inventions and strange situations…
PERFORMATIK 2015 - Visual artist Joëlle Tuerlinckx ventures into new territory and creates an ‘all-round show’ in which she draws from her vast archive. A part of that archive – images she uses to ‘theatricalise’ the world – was the basis of her impressive solo exhibition in WIELS.